CLECS Y CLWB / CLUB GOSSIP (November 2012) (13-11-2012)

Aberdovey Club Captain John Sidebotham congratulates Clive Williams on retaining the Harry Vardon Cleek.

As summer migrates directly into winter, Aleb Bebb
bravely rejects hibernation and continues to report on the Club's activities.

The transition from Summer to Winter Golf at the local club takes place as British SummerTime ends. Traditionally to earmark this transition, a Tigers and Rabbits four ball better ball competition is played on the last Sunday in October. However as the weekend in question turned out to be a particularly wet one, the competition took place in November when a good turnout of players played in pleasant Autumn conditions. Consequently some good scores were returned with Emlyn Thomas and Iwan Evans leading the way with 44 pts, narrowly beating the left handed Senior pair of Brian Issac and Aled Bebb on the back nine. In third place, the best of three pairs on 42 pts were the Llanilar pair that reached the final of the Club Fourball Competition, Trevor Staples and Dylan Morris.
The Winter programme took off with the first round of the Winter League. This year a respectable sixteen four man teams have signed on to battle for the Morlais Hughes Trophy over eight rounds, with the top eight teams qualifying for a Spring play off. Leading the way in the first round was Emyr Jones with 38 pts narrowly defeating Tim Jenkins also 38 pts on count back. Charlie Taylor was third on 37 pts similarly winning on count back from Jack Rimmer.
On the last Saturday of October a sixteen man team travelled to Aberdovey to defend the Harry Vardon Cleek retained last year at and by Aberystwyth. In a good tight match Aberystwyth managed to retain the Cleek winning by 4½ to 3½. The home Captain John Sidebotham was magnanimous in defeat and re presented the Cleek to Clive Williams the Aberystwyth Captain with a warning that they would endeavour to regain the trophy next year at Aberystwyth.
The following Saturday saw the Club resurrect the match between Town and Gown that in the past was played on a regular basis. Playing for the Owen Jones Shield, the Town players beat a strong Student side by 3 matches to 2. The Student Captain David Clarke and Town Vice Captain Barry Crawford both commented on the importance of maintaining the competitiveness and healthy rivalry between Town and Gown with a match hopefully being played twice yearly in future.

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